German court rejects case of deadly Pakistan factory fire

Europe 01/10/19, 08:04

A German court won't take up a civil case against a discount textile company whose clothes were produced in a factory in Pakistan that burned to the ground in 2012, killing more than 250 people.The Dortmund regional court ruled Thursday that the statute of limitations had expired on the suit ...

Judge dismisses part of Judd’s lawsuit against Weinstein

Entertainment 01/10/19, 08:01

A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein.Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the actress' sexual harassment claim does not fall within the scope of a California statute. But he said Judd may proceed to ...

French cardinal likely to be cleared in abuse cover-up trial

Europe 01/10/19, 03:19

France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest.The Rev. Bernard Preynat's alleged victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years. But by the time the cover-up trial ...

Dem-led House moves to join health care law case

Politics 01/04/19, 13:58

The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama's health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party's effort to use the issue to embarrass Republicans. The House has filed papers seeking to intervene in the case, Democrats announced Friday, ...

Kansas to pay $1.1M in wrongful conviction look-alike case

U.S. 12/19/18, 20:41

Kansas has agreed to pay $1.1 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a robbery that he says was committed by someone who looks just like him. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that a settlement was reached Monday with 42-year-old Richard ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers to review voting problems

New York 11/10/18, 09:48

In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a look at voting problems from Tuesday's election.Malfunctioning ballot scanning machines and long lines caused big problems for many voters Tuesday. Lawmakers will hold a hearing Thursday to review the complaints and discuss options for improvements. One common proposal: Allow voters ...

Former NY attorney general won’t face abuse charges

U.S. 11/08/18, 12:22

The special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women said Thursday that she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges.Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced her decision in a brief statement. She said investigators did an "exhaustive review" and ...

Latest: Wyo. laws aimed at trespassing activists struck down

Enviroment 10/30/18, 19:59

The Latest on a judge ruling (all times local):6 p.m.:A spokesman for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says state officials will evaluate what if anything they will do next after a judge ruled that two Wyoming laws barring people from trespassing to collect environmental data run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.U.S. ...

Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

Politics 10/30/18, 01:06

The package bombs sent to Democrats across the county and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges. The reason: There's no domestic terrorism law. Whether there should be one is a matter of debate. ...

Spain: Doctor found to have abducted newborn 50 years ago

Europe 10/08/18, 06:37

A Spanish court has ruled that a doctor stole a newborn child nearly five decades ago, one of many abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship, but cleared him because the statute of limitations had expired.The Madrid court said 85-year-old gynecologist Eduardo Vela could not be punished because the plaintiff, Ines Madrigal, ...

NFL defends lawsuit alleging Super Bowl ticket violations

Football 09/27/18, 13:11

The National Football League defended itself Thursday against charges that its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law, in arguments before the state Supreme Court that reached a granular level with disputes over words in the statute including "the" and "those."The case was ...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops’ new proposals

U.S. 09/20/18, 16:29

Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual abuse and harassment, and ...

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